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In case you missed it, DC launched “Let Them Live!: Unpublished Tales from the DC Vaults,” a DC Universe Infinite-exclusive series highlighting never-released comics from the publisher.
– DC will be releasing a series of “Dark Nights: Death Metal” variant covers, featuring some of the biggest names in heavy metal music. “Dark Nights: Death Metal: Band Edition” will feature covers starring both the heroes/villains of the DC Universe and rock legends such as Megadeth and Ozzy Osborne. These special edition re-releases will be available in 13 countries starting this March, including France, Germany, and Brazil. A Collectors Omnibus Edition with additional content will be available in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Korea, and Japan. No word yet on a North American or UK release.
– After becoming the highest grossing film in Japan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train may now shatter global anime records with its worldwide release. The manga adaptation will hit screens in New Zealand on February 25, with an Australian release also expected for then. A North American release was expected for late this month as well, but concerns about COVID-19 may affect this.
– Chip Zdarsky tweeted a (homemade) trailer for Dark Horse Comics’s release of “Afterlift.” Released exclusively on comiXology in April of last year, the story of demons and rideshare apps will be available in comic shops starting today, courtesy of Dark Horse. The book is written by Zdarsky, with art Jason Loo, colors by Paris Alleyne, and letters by Aditya Bidikar.
– Dare To Be Free Press has released their first graphic novel. Written by publisher co-founder Gary Dean Simpson (based on his award-winning screenplay), with art by Enid Balam, “Someday Comes Paradise” is a coming-of-age tale of desperation set on the South Texas coast. “Someday Comes Paradise” is the first of four OGNs written by Simpson expected from the publisher this year.
– DC has released a trailer for their animated film Justice Society: World War II. The film follows modern day Barry Allen traveling into the past and joining forces with the heroes of DC’s Golden Age. While this will be the 42nd DC animated feature in 14 years, it is the first to star the JSA. Justice Society: World War II will be available digitally and for home release later this year.
– Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for their 2021 Kids’ Choice Awards, which will air Sunday, March 13 on the network. Wonder Woman 1984 picked up nominations for Favorite Movie, Favorite Movie Actress, and Favorite Movie Actor, while Teen Titans Go! was nominated for Favorite Animated Series. Camila Mendes, Riverdale’s Veronica Lodge, got the nod for Favorite Female TV Star. The ceremony will be hosted by SNL and All That alum Keenan Thompson.
– Cast Iron Books, the independent publisher built on a crowdfunding model, announced their 2021 publishing schedule. Leading the year’s releases will be March’s “Future,” written by Tom Woodman, with art by Rupert Smissen and lettering from Aditya Bidikar. Funded via Kickstarter last October, the sci-fi comic follows engineer Kay Mielniczuk and her terminally ill wife Murray as they try set out to save humanity. March will also see the Kickstarter campaign G. E. Gallas’s “The Plague and Doctor Caim.” Lyndon White’s “Candles” and Sierra Barne’s “Hans Vogel is Dead: Vol. 1” will follow, kicking off their campaigns in June and September respectively.
– Finally, the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table released their Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List for 2020. With titles ranging from “DCeased” to Tina Horn’s “SFSX,” and a top ten that includes “House of X/Powers of X” and The Nib’s “Be Gay, Do Comics,” the list includes comics of all genres from a diverse range of creators published in 2020/late 2019. In addition to this year’s list, the ALA have opened nominations for next year, and are working with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association to create a Black Lives Matter reading list. The entire Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List can be viewed here.